10 Reasons Family Travel is Vital for Children
Family holidays are a staple of childhood memories, yet when it comes to planning a holiday with our own kids it seems like it would be easier to travel without them. Don’t let the task of travelling with kids in tow turn you away from an otherwise wonderful family experience!
When adults think of “holiday” or “vacation” we tend to focus on the relaxing aspects, forgetting that our children get just as much out of travel as we do. It is possible to get the rest and relaxation you crave while showing your children a different part of the world. You can rest assured that this time-honoured travel recipe will create a richer travel experience for everyone involved. You’ll enjoy introducing your children to new cultures and people, exploring historic sites and taking in the world around you together. Children will hold onto these memories and lessons for many years to come.
Travelling with your children is an opportunity to help them build a open mind with a global consciousness. They’ll meet people from faraway lands, learn new languages, encounter different ways of living and gain new perspectives. To think that this all happens outside the classroom! As a family, deeper bonds will be formed, cementing family values. While there are many different reasons to travel with your children, the following focuses on the younger ages and how travelling helps with developing young minds and builds important skills. Children learn more when it seems less like work and more like play.
- Share in the Experience- Children love to share important moments with their parents, and you’ll be right there with them as they learn a new fact, complete a new task or discover something new on their travels. Sharing in these experiences with your children is a gift they’ll hold onto well into adulthood. Don’t be worried about taking too many photos to hold onto the moment!
- Show Your Children How Important they Are- Bringing your kids along for travel shows them that you value their presence and want them around. Leaving them at home could make them feel ignored and as if they’re missing out on all the experiences. Travelling with your kids helps build bonds between you and them, which lays the foundation for a happy and strong family that values one another.
- Learn New History Together- Just as you and your kids will share in experiences, you both might learn new history together as you travel. Learning facts together will give you something to discuss well after the holiday has ended, and inspire inquisitive minds to keep exploring the past once you’ve landed back home. You never know when your holiday together may inspire a school project.
- Teach New Perspectives- Learning history and culture at its source teaches children to think critically about a historical event or how people live by teaching them to ask different questions. Learning history from a textbook won’t inspire the same questions. Travelling with your children is a way to give them a first-hand look at different ways of living and life that breathes life into concepts that may have once been vague to them.
- Tour New Cultures and Cuisines Together- Travelling to another country may be a bit of a culture shock to young travellers. However, with mum and dad around it may be easier to navigate and meet new people while learning about a rich new heritage. You’ll also be there when your kids try new foods for the first time and really learn about a new world.
- Learn the Value of Interacting with Diverse People- Children often have an endless list of questions for new people, so travelling to a new country gives them a chance to ask and learn about diverse people. Understanding how other people live allows children to be grateful and appreciative of what they have back home while learning about another way of live simultaneously.
- Holiday Planning Holds Valuable Lessons as Well- The trip itself doesn’t have to hold all the fun for children! Involving them in the planning stages can teach kids lessons in what goes into vacation planning, such as hard work, responsibility, budgeting and organizational skills while packing. Older children and teenagers may take on more responsibilities when it comes to travel planning, while younger travellers may still take small parts.
- Travelling Teaches Patience- While the destination is usually the biggest draw of a holiday, the travelling itself can still hold lessons for children. We often worry that our kids will get fussy while en route, however this is a great opportunity to teach about patience. You can do this with plenty of activities such as road puzzles, games, books or admiring the passing sights.
- Build Memories Children will Appreciate- Don’t underestimate the power of a family holiday! Children will look back on these memories even as adults and be thankful that you took them on family trips. They might not remember every detail, but they’ll remember the biggest lessons for years to come. Having experienced diversity through travel, children will grow up with compassion towards peers and fellow people. These are lessons only first-hand experience can teach.
- Inspire Children to One Day Create Their Own Vacation Experiences- One of the best things you can look forward to is the day your children will announce they’re travelling with their children… inspired by a trip you took them on as a kid! Family travel is a recent tradition that brings all family members closer together while bringing everyone more in touch with the world around them.
Let your children help you plan your next family vacation! They’ll be sure to help you add a little extra fun while you keep the focus on the hidden lessons they won’t know they’re picking up on until later in life. Remember, young travellers enjoy seeing the world just as much as you do, too!
Make sure you check out or article on 10 Ways You Can Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown. This is a great way to get your children involved in the planning process of a family vacation.